But Still I Can Do Something

  • October 07, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual lecture

     Leah den Bok

Leah den Bok is a fashion and portrait photographer focused on capturing the stories and images of people experiencing homelessness. Her project, Humanizing The Homeless, has taken her to major cities worldwide, including Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles, to document the struggles of those affected by homelessness. Leah aims to raise awareness of homelessness through her work. She has compiled her powerful images and stories into a book series titled "Nowhere to Call Home--Photographs and Stories of People Experiencing Homelessness." She donates 100% of her profits from her books and exhibits to local homeless shelters.

Leah's work has garnered worldwide attention and featured in major media outlets such as the BBC, CBS, and Vogue Italia. She has also exhibited and spoken at prominent events such as ARTWALK New York 2017, the Women of the World 2018 festival in Brisbane, and the She Talks events in Ontario.

Leah is the recipient of numerous awards, including the IDRF Youth Impact Award 2018, the Murray Clarkson Award 2019, the SNAP Photo Competition 2020, and the Ascend Rising Star of the Year Award 2020, recognizing her outstanding contributions to her field.

But Still I Can Do Something 

The title of Leah's talk says, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something; because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”  and draws inspiration from the famous quote by Edward Hale. The quote highlights that even though individuals feel small and powerless, they can make a difference.

Through her talk, Leah aims to shed light on the often-overlooked issue of homelessness and the people affected by it. With a focus on major cities worldwide, such as New York, Toronto, Mallorca, Brisbane, Los Angeles, and Washington, Leah shares powerful stories and photographs of individuals experiencing homelessness. Her talk aims to humanize this population and bring attention to their struggles. By sharing these stories, Leah hopes to inspire her audience to take action in their communities and make a positive impact, no matter how small it may seem. Her talk is a call to action to not turn a blind eye to those in need and to do what we can to help those around us.


This event is part of the Fall 2024 Speaker series. 

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